Wyre Council

Action plan drawn up for Fleetwood clean-up

Published on Thursday 13th January 2011

Final preparations are being made for a Cleansweep of Pharos ward in Fleetwood.

Officers from public sector organisations are being brought together by the Wyre Community Safety Partnership for a week-long purge on grime and crime at the end of January.

An earlier appeal for help from community groups has proved fruitful and a programme of activities is now being planned to ensure a united front is shown to those who insist on bringing the neighbourhood down.

As well as the usual street cleans, litter picks and graffiti removal, specific activities include:

- Test purchasing for age-related goods such as knives and gas products

- Multi-agency checks of takeaways

- 19 January: Operation Pathway vehicle checking when police and other enforcement officers will be clamping down on unroadworthy vehicles, as well as people not wearing seatbelts, using mobile phones while driving or not having insurance

- 25 January: Free removal of bulky household waste to reduce the risk of fly-tipping (limited availability, pre-book with Wyre Borough Council by 21 January on 01253 891000)

- 26 January: Reassurance and information road show from 10.30am to 2.30pm outside St Peter's Church and on London Street when the public can talk to officers about issues in their neighbourhood, pick up crime prevention advice and arrange for a free home fire safety check

- 26 January: Micro chipping of dogs at Marine Hall (10am to 3pm) at £12 per dog. This will reduce the number of unidentified strays and help owners avoid kennel fees should their dog escape

Councillor Roger Berry, Chairman of the Wyre Community Safety Partnership, said: "Every time we hold a Cleansweep in Wyre we are encouraged by some very positive results and I'm sure the same will be true in Pharos.

"Despite the name, the operation goes far deeper than a spring clean of the streets; we also get to deal with the less obvious issues such as advising people about fire risks or addressing the fear of crime.

"Contrary to some people's perceptions, crime is going down quite significantly in Pharos ward, with anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, burglary and violent crime falling by as much as a third.

"Concentrated initiatives like Cleansweeps give us an opportunity to get this message over to the public, to reassure them and to reiterate that organisations are working together to improve the neighbourhoods they live in."

In the past three years in Pharos ward there has been a 30 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour, a 31 per cent fall in both criminal damage and burglary, while violent crime has come down by 24 per cent.

Accidental dwelling fires in the wards are also falling steadily from 23 in 2008/09 to 13 in this year to date.

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